The Azadi Project’s mission is to enhance refugee women’s voice and agency by building their digital economy job skills.
Azadi trains refugee women and connects them with employment opportunities, empowering them to pursue livelihoods beyond borders and demonstrate their capacity to their host communities. Its work helps refugee women in shelters and camps use their time more productively, reduce their vulnerability to smugglers and traffickers, and overcome intersectional bias.
Azadi means freedom or liberation in Hindi, Urdu and Farsi. The Azadi project is based on the principles of freedom, integration and dignity. By offering digital skills, we help female refugees to pursue educational or employment opportunities that contribute to their future livelihoods beyond the borders where they come from and where they currently reside.
The Azadi Project is a Washington, D.C. based non-profit social enterprise. Azadi workshops are organized in partnership with the Center of Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development (CCSDD) in Bologna, Italy. This research center is a joint initiative by the University of Bologna and the Johns Hopkins University, School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Why is Azadi so important?
In the fifth year of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’, there are 50,000 refugees – more than half of them women and children – waiting for reunification or final asylum approval in Greece. There are almost no facilities or programs at camps that help them constructively use their time of waiting or actively prevent their risk of exposure to traffickers, smuggling networks and prostitution.
The Azadi Project helps refugee women by teaching digital skills that facilitate their integration into the local labor force. These skills will also help them to be viewed as productive members of their new host communities, facilitating their integration – both in Greece and potential family reunification destinations.
Theory of Change
Based on learning experience through our workshops, our team developed a Theory of Change (ToC) for the Azadi Project. Our logic model drives sustainable change in the lives of vulnerable displaced population with a focus on women. A theory of change expresses the cause and effect linkages or chains of connection between the intervention (e.g. our digital media trainings) and the desired end-result (refugee integration). We use this theory of change framework to design the most effective digital media programs that accounts for the complexity of all the agents engaged: refugees, host communities and stakeholders.